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Vim Essentials: NERD Tree

So you started using Vim and were a bit disappointed with the lack of a proper tree-style directory explorer? Meet NERD tree (also on GitHub). With NERD tree you can navigate through your folders and files.

Vim essentials: NERD tree

Another neat thing of NERD tree is that it supports Bookmarks. To be able to store your bookmarks you need to specify a location where the bookmarks are stored. Generally you do this in your .gvimrc file.

The NERD tree allows you to explore your filesystem and to open files and directories. It presents the filesystem to you in the form of a tree which you manipulate with the keyboard and/or mouse. It also allows you to perform simple filesystem operations.

Nerdtree is one of my VIM essentials, but I was always annoyed that it took so much space in the screen. Since I use a vertical monitor, I barely get 80 characters to work on. I recently found that this is easily fixed by adding a configuration to .vimrc:

Sometimes, when I was browsing through the folders I actually wanted to be able to make it larger so I could see the complete file names. This is also easy to achieve. Move your cursor to Nerdtree and toggle it using:

There are several criticisms of NetRW for the way it causes a buffer mess. From what I've researched, it seems that using g:netrw_liststyle=3 tree mode tends to make this behavior worse. Errors are random, making fixing it a difficult process, and updating only NetRW is more complex than it should be.

at the command prompt, it will launch vim with Nerdtree (a file folder plugin) showing the current folder. I've never really looked to see if this is complex or easy to do, but with Janus, I don't have to!

A slight note: while the above is still useful at times, I have recently been using the ctrlp (or Command-T works too) plugin to quickly search and open the file I want instead of navigating around in the Nerdtree file navigator.

I created the following mapped keys so that I could invoke them quite easily.Basically I press \ first, and then press t, or f, or \l :TagbarToggle => to toggle tagbar listmap \f :NERDTreeToggle => to toggle nerd file treemap \g :GitGutterLineHighlightsToggle :GitGutterSignsToggle => to highlight git difference

Welcome to your ultimate Vim cheat sheet and reference guide! Vim is a highly customizable and powerful text editor that has been a staple in the world of software development for many years. This cheat shett does not only cover Vim commands, but also delves into two popular plugins, NERDtree and Vimium, to help you streamline your workflow. Whether you are a seasoned Vim user or just starting out, this cheat sheet will provide you with the commands you need to master the versatile text editor. From basic navigation and editing commands to advanced techniques and customizations, we have got you covered. So sit back, grab your favorite text editor, and let's dive in!

The NERDtree add-on for Vim is a file explorer plugin for the Vim text editor. It provides a tree-like file structure view, allowing users to easily navigate and manipulate their file system within the editor. The NERDtree can be opened and closed within Vim, and supports common file operations such as creating, renaming, and deleting files and directories. This add-on is an important tool for Vim users who want to improve their productivity and file management within the editor, as it provides a user-friendly interface for exploring and manipulating the file system.


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